Lucy Borchard(t). A shipowner from Hamburg
Lucy Borchard(t) was the only Jewish female shipowner in the 20th century. Before her career as a shipowner, she worked as a teacher. After the death of her husband Richard Borchardt, she took over the business of his company: the Fairplay Towage.
With the beginning of the National Socialism Lucy Borchard(t) began to stand up for Jewish youths by educating them in her shipping company. Only in this way they had the possibility to emigrate to Palestine. This method was called seafaring hachshara. In this way, probably 38 young people could be saved.
Due to the political conditions under National Socialism, Lucy Borchard(t) was forced to emigrate to London. However, her shipping company was not completely “Aryanized” because Lucy Borchard(t) had used a trick. She had converted the shipping company into a foundation. This allowed her to take three tugboats with her to London and set up a new tugboat business there.
After World War II, her son Kurt received reparations. He reopened the Fairplay tugboat company in Hamburg, which exists to this day.
Lucy Borchard(t) died in London on February 4, 1967. She lived to the age of 91.